AP appoints new Tallahassee-based reporter

MIAMI (AP) — Kareem Copeland, who has covered the Green Bay Packers and college football in Mississippi, is joining The Associated Press in its Tallahassee bureau to cover Florida State University sports and state government.

Copeland, 34, most recently has been covering the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, the Indianapolis 500 and college sports for the AP and other media outlets on a freelance basis. He also worked for NFL.com covering the Colts and the annual scouting combine.

From 2010 to 2012, Copeland covered the Packers and was an assistant sports editor at the Green Bay Press-Gazette. While there, he won first place in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association awards for a sports feature story about Packers coach Mike McCarthy. From 2007 to 2010, Copeland covered Jackson State University sports for The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., and from 2005 to 2007, he covered University of Southern Mississippi sports for the Hattiesburg American.

He also worked at the Wausau (Wisc.) Daily Herald, where he covered college baseball and high school sports from 2003 to 2005.

“Kareem is a tenacious, energetic journalist whose experience with both college and professional sports coverage will be well-suited to cover Florida State University and other college sports, followed closely by readers throughout the state,” South Region Editor Lisa Marie Pane said.

During the college sports off-season, Copeland will be part of a team in the AP’s bureau covering state government that includes correspondent Brendan Farrington and reporter Gary Fineout.

Copeland is a native of Detroit and a 2003 graduate of the University of Michigan.

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